Felipe Contepomi kicked all the points to give the province a superb 21-20 victory over the Cardiff Blues at the RDS on Saturday evening…Rob Kearney Post Match Reaction…

Speaking after the game BEST Menswear Man of the Match Rob Kearney said: “It was hairy stuff towards the end alright, but the high level of competition showed again tonight because everyone had to be on top of their game.

“Over the last three weeks we have been gradually building and tonight was a fantastic result. It was a very tough game and full credit to Felipe for kicking all his goals under pressure.

“It takes a lot of skill to kick those ones and he was my man of the match, while I also thought that Shane Horgan and Sean O’Brien were superb.”

The Argentine struck seven penalties from seven attempts, which clinched it for the Magners League champions in a game that saw skipper Leo Cullen play 80 minutes for the first time since October.

Four Leigh Halfpenny penalties and an Andy Powell try had Cardiff ahead 17-12 as the game entered the final quarter.

But Contepomi landed three penalties in the closing stages, the last of which came after the Blues had regained the lead with a Nicky Robinson drop goal.

LEINSTER SCORER: F. Contepomi (7 penalties)

CARDIFF SCORERS: A. Powell (1 try), L. Halfpenny (4 penalties), N. Robinson (1 drop goal)

LEINSTER:

15: Rob Kearney
14: Shane Horgan
13: Brian O’Driscoll
12: Felipe Contepomi
11: Gordon D’Arcy
10: Isa Nacewa (Luke Fitzgerald, 49)
9: Chris Whitaker

1: Stan Wright
2: Brian Blaney (Ollie le Roux, 66)
3: CJ van der Linde (Cian Healy, 30)
4: Leo Cullen CAPTAIN
5: Devin Toner (Malcolm O’Kelly, 50)
6: Rocky Elsom
7: Sean O’Brien
8: Jamie Heaslip

REPLACEMENTS NOT USED: Stephen Keogh, Chris Keane, Girvan Dempsey

CARDIFF BLUES:

15: Leigh Halfpenny
14: Tom James
13: Jamie Robinson
12: Tom Shanklin
11: Gareth Thomas
10: Nick Robinson
9: Jason Spice

1: John Yapp
2: T Rhys Thomas
3: Taufa’au Filise
4: Bradley Davies
5: Paul Tito
6: Maama Molitika
7: Robin Sowden Taylor
8: Andy Powell

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Gethin Jenkins
17: Gareth Williams
18: Scott Morgan
19: Xavier Rush
20: Richie Rees
21: Ceri Sweeney
22: Jamie Roberts

REFEREE: Peter Allan (SRU), ASSISTANT REFEREES: M. Black (IRFU), J. Peake (IRFU), 4th OFFICIAL: Barry O’Keeffe (ARLB), 5th OFFICIAL: James Fegan (ARLB), TMO: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)